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NGO Forum operates arsenic project - 16 Nov 02

Nov 15 : NGO Forum along with three other non-government organisations have been working under a research project in 14 villages of two upazilas of the district since 1999 to find a sustainable answer to arsenic, a ground water chemical contamination that have posed a serious threat to public health across the country.

Sources said out of 176 tube-wells in the village 72 have been detected highly arsenic contaminated and 54 persons as arsenicosis patients. Forty one percent villagers have somehow become direct victims of arsenic, said Engineer Dipak Roy, who is working in the Water and Sanitation Partnership Research Project in the areas.

Engineer Dipak said though they have been conducting a research based pilot project in 14 villages of Charghat and Bagha, they are now trying to replicate their already found successes to other affected villages in the district through advocacy programmes and hardware supports. He also informed that most of the people have become aware of the contamination and its subsequent consequences to their lives. As a result, the people have started drinking waters from rains, dug wells and ponds through proper system and filtration.

When asked about any problem in drinking rainwater, arsenic affected Bhanu Begum replied in the negative and said she did not feel any pathogenic disturbances or dysentery since setting up a rainwater harvesting plant at her home for last three years. - The Independent



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